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James Collins

Assistant Professor of Classics

Contact Information
Phone: (213) 740-3685
Office: THH 256N

Philosophical Stages


Ph.D. Classics and Ancient Philosophy, Stanford University, 8/2007
B.A. Classics, Philosophy, Plan II, University of Texas at Austin, 12/2000

Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History

Lecturer, University of Southern California, 08/2007-05/2008  

Description of Research

Summary Statement of Research Interests

Ancient Philosophy, Greek Literature, Cultural History

New Courses Developed

Philosophy and Literature, Thematic Option, Fall 2010   
Ancient Science, Classics, Spring 2010   
Pragmatics of Cultural Production, Classics, Spring 2010   
Performing Wisdom, Thematic Option, Fundamental to Greek and Roman philosophy is the concept of the ‘art of living’ which maintains that living a good life is at heart a public performance, and thus entails particular modes of action, engagement, and self-presentation and stylization. Philosophical theory and practice, thoughts and deeds together contribute to the philosophical art of constructing, performing, and becoming the right sort of character. In addition to reading philosophy with an eye to how the ancients variously embodied and performed their wisdom, this course explores techniques drawn from contemporary performance theory in highly performative, experimental, and collaborative learning environments in order to develop an appreciation for this particular sort of philosophical activity. Performing Wisdom aims primarily at developing this craft for the participants’ own efforts at self-examination and presentation., Spring 2008   
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